“I pride myself on my ability to help people identify “what’s going well” during times of despair.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always loved to listen to people and heal hearts! As a young adult, I was known to be a great listener who provided feedback that helped people grow. These experiences strengthened my capacity for empathy and active listening. In childhood, I witnessed how relationship conflict impacted the entire family system. I became very curious to learn how psychosocial factors impact an individual’s ability to securely connect to others. Prior to private practice, I worked in various treatment settings consisting of outpatient mental and behavioral health, residential programs, and community-based services. I received supervision and training in several evidence-based practices (CBT, EFT, MST, and CPP). Working with diverse populations gave me insight into the importance of emotional wellbeing in all aspects of one’s life. I empower my clients to become more aware of other social norms and ways of thinking. Personal growth is imperative to securing healthy relationships with the self and others!
What should someone know about working with you?
I would describe my therapeutic approach as strengths-based and empathetic. My goal is to empower my clients to become the best versions of themselves. I pride myself on my ability to help people identify “what’s going well” during times of despair. My clients are provided with a safe space to express their concerns and expectations for therapy. Together, we assess how personal experiences present barriers to reaching long-term goals. I incorporate self-help assignments in treatment to support the ongoing practice of learned skills. In addition, I may ask leading questions to facilitate the process of building trust and transparency. My experience as a wife for more than 15 years continues to enhance my ability to hold multiple perspectives while allowing individuals to narrate their own stories. It’s an honor to work with people who are committed to pursuing their personal and relational happiness! Each step forward is an opportunity to let go of what you want to leave behind.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In a virtual world, individuals, couples, and families have a wider range of access to treatment options that are conducive to their current lifestyles. There are many obstacles that could impact one’s ability to attend therapy in person. Telehealth allows for scheduling flexibility and supports increasing engagement in treatment. What I find most interesting about telehealth is that it provides the opportunity to work with more diverse populations and allows for a more holistic assessment of environmental stressors. I am also intrigued by the preservation of the confidential experience of an office setting while one pursues personal and relational growth.
“My experience as a wife for more than 15 years continues to enhance my ability to hold multiple perspectives while allowing individuals to narrate their own stories.”